Munster Junior Football Final 2014.
Glin (Limerick) v Brosna (Kerry)
In 1898, after the legendary Con Fitzgerald from Clonoughter, Glin, captained Limerick to her second and last All-Ireland Football title in 1897, Glin Emmets GAA Club was established. Captained by Paddy McCoy and under the guidance of mentors Mce. Culhane and D.M.OLeary, those stalwart pioneers of Glin Gaelic football began a journey over a century ago that culminates in the gifted footballers of our parish contesting a Munster Junior Football Final on Sunday next, 7th of December 2014 in Mallow Gaa Complex, Co. Cork.
When Canon Lyons of Glenroe arrived as curate in 1925, the next 10 years proved to be the golden era of gaelic football in the parish. Glin were the dominant force in Limerick and succeeded in winning one Junior title and 7 County Senior Football titles from 1926 to 1934, a feat that has never been surpassed in the history of Limerick football.
However, barren times were to follow and successes on the playing field were few and far between. County titles were won in ’55, ’58 and ’84 at Junior level, an u21 County final in 1970 and an Intermediate title in ’95. Considering the great tradition of Gaelic football in the parish it was a rather poor return in those intervening years. However, in the 40s, Glin did produce one of Ireland’s finest Gaelic footballers of that era when Thomas Culhane of Church Street played for club, county and province and had the rare distinction of being selected on a Munster Railway Cup team with fourteen Kerrymen.
After a wait of 30 years, Glin won the County Junior Football title in Ballygran on Nov 1th 2014, when they defeated Kilteely- Dromkeen in the final. Their performance that day would compare with any in the history of our club and the great Glin Gaels of the past who wore the black and white with great distinction would have been very proud of these talented young men.
Since that memorable victory in early November, our local heroes have defeated Inane Rovers of Tipperary and Kill of Waterford to qualify for the Munster Junior final. On Sunday next Dec. 7th we face the Kerry champions from Brosna at 3.15p.m. in Mallow, Co. Cork. Great moments in sport allow great players an opportunity to achieve greatness. Next Sunday we hope that our young heroes will further enhance their claim to greatness and bring a Munster title to the banks of the Corbry.